Let’s face it; I’m a journeyman when it comes to web traffic and SEO. I know the basics. I know how to do keyword research and how to use keywords. But I don’t focus enough on linkbuilding. I can get 100+ visitors per week to a lens, but not thousands. Some people can.
So my tips and suggestions here can get you from raw beginner to intermediate, but not expert SEO level.
However, there’s something else I’ve learned a lot about: Squidoo in general! How to build lenses. What looks good. I probably know as much about Squidoo modules as any ordinary member, since I did a test drive of every Squidoo module in 2008 and again this November.
So I’ve created a new “Lensblography” blog: a lensography of all my lenses done as a blog. Partly, as you should guess, it’s to build backlinks to my lenses. Partly it’s to help fans find my old lenses.
But on each lens, I’m going to share THREE things you may find useful:
- What I Learned Making This Lens
- What I Didn’t Learn Making This Lens
- Lens Stats and Milestones
So check out Greekgeek’s Lensblography in the weeks to come. I’ve got two lenses reviewed so far.
Since my lenses tend to be looooong, I tend to develop various strategies to help folks navigate them. I like little inset tables of contents, “shortcuts” that jump to relevant parts of the page, or navigator bars.
So I was working on a Fancy Tables of Contents tutorial collecting my various ways of creating tables of contents, indexes, and the like. And I’m STILL working on it! *laugh* I can always make a small project huge. Then I have to find ways to shorten it.
Along the way — partly because people are making a big push to update or build Lensographies — I wound up spinning off one module onto its own page. So at least THAT tutorial is finished:
Build a Better Featured Lens Module
It lets you do three things a regular Featured Lens Module can’t:
- Feature more than 5 lenses in the same list.
- Feature lenses in a fixed order.
- Write a blurb before and after the featured lenses without getting cut off in mid-sentence (doncha hate that?)
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for somebody to find the Easter Egg on my Amazing Nessie Photo, where I am offering $5 to the first person who proves (without any doubt whatsoever) that it’s fake. Whoever does so is going to get a chuckle, hopefully.
Because a fool and her money are soon parted, and I am actually trying to teach a lesson with that lens, I will give an enormous clue:
PHOTOSHOP SEES MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE…